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Premier Li says China wants stability with Japan

Updated: Nov 4,2015 10:04 PM

China is willing to work with Japan to push forward the development of stable, long-term ties, Premier Li Keqiang said on Nov 4.

Though the China-Japan relationship is being improved, Premier Li told a Japanese business delegation in Beijing, both sides have to face the reality that there are some difficulties.

The nations should make efforts to prevent the fluctuation of ties to create more opportunities for both sides and maintain the peace and stability of Northeast Asia, he said.

The two countries should properly handle sensitive issues, including historical issues, manage disputes, and push China-Japan ties toward a positive direction, he added.

The delegation of 220 business leaders from 65 Japanese companies was led by Shoji Muneoka, chairman of the Japan-China Economic Association.

The association has organized such trips annually since 1975.

The Premier told the delegation that entrepreneurs should play an important role in improving ties, and he hoped that the business leaders would push the China-Japan relationship in the right direction.

Premier Li also outlined China’s economic situation, government efforts in upgrading the economic structure and possible cooperation with Japan to develop new markets in other countries.

China would like to enhance structural reform, push forward scientific innovation, transfer the economic development drive, and lay the basis for long-term sustainable development, Premier Li said.

China is dedicated to facilitating trade and investment, and is willing to push forward the negotiations for a China-Japan-the Republic of Korea free trade zone. The government will continue to streamline administration, provide better public services, protect intellectual property rights, and build a fair, open and transparent market, Premier Li said.

Members of the delegation expressed their willingness to make contributions to the bilateral ties.